Hi, Bob Aldons from Car Business writing to you about fuel price rip off in Brisbane. Have a look at the picture below. I shook my head in amazement and uttered an expletive. Forgive me, but the word fuck is in the Oxford dictionary and defined as “Used alone or as a noun or verb in various phrases to express annoyance, contempt, or impatience” So when I looked at the Caltex price board, I just said to myself – Fuck.
I’m a petrol price watcher. I have been for a long time. And I’m not really sure why but I think I’ve become an obsessive compulsive petrol price watcher. I use Woolworths vouchers to get 4 cents off my bill, I wait until prices drop rather than fill up at the higher price. I’ll drive a bit out of my way when I’m nearly empty to fill the tank and save some money – $2.80 – when I use my vouchers. I get upset at myself when I think I have a 4c credit on my card and the attendant tells me I don’t.
So perhaps you’ll understand my reaction to seeing unleaded petrol at $1.429 per litre. I went home and did some quick research. The nightly news told me that this was because of rising oil prices. Rubbish. Excuse the clarity of this graph, but let me explain.
The top three lines are for Unleaded Petrol, and diesel, while the third line is for Tapis Crude Oil. These are the factors that our petrol prices are based on.
The green line at the bottom is the exchange rate – Australian Dollar v US Dollar. So you ‘ll see pretty clearly that the lines are getting closer, converging and that there’s no justification for prices to go higher other than the oil companies want to make more money.
The other point in question and one that I’m only thinking about right now is that it doesn’t appear that we have a Recommended Retail Price (RRP) for fuel. Every other or at least most other commodities do – cars, soft drinks, cigarettes, photocopy paper, print, television and radio advertising, and if you believe Rugs a Million advertising, even rugs do.
So why hasn’t someone demanded that oil companies publish a recommended retail price? At least then we’d be able to determine for ourselves whether we’re getting a fair price, a great price or we’re being ripped off.
I firmly believe that oil companies are almost a law unto themselves. The various State Governments can’t control them, the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission (ACCC) can’t, so it’s left up to the average consumer to do battle themselves. And I think we’ve lost the battle and are most certainly losing the war. So how do we get a fair deal on one of our biggest expenses?
So what follows are my opinions. Whether you like to follow them is entirely up to you, but be very aware that if you continue to allow oil companies to rip you off, you’ll just keep getting more of the same.
Most petrol stations are owned or run by multinationals companies. Coles and formerly Woolworths accounted for almost half the service stations in Australia. Even excluding these, most fuel stations are controlled by international oil companies. Even those held by private operators are reliant on the terminal gate pricing set by the oil companies.
Do you think Shell, (Dutch) BP (English) Mobil (American) or Caltex (Australian) really care about anything else than their profit? If you think they are kind and caring, think again.
So how do you as a private driver, small business or even large business focus your wrath on the multi-nationals? One way to get their attention is to stop buying fuel! Easier said than done, but if perhaps choose 1 day a week NOT to buy your fuel, then maybe we’ll get their attention. Fuel-Free Friday can start that revolution. I’ve just created a Facebook page named just that. Put your pictures and comments on the page – let the oil companies know that you’re as mad as hell and you’re not going to take it anymore. Here’s the clickable link –
And what else? Get in touch with the ACCC. Tell them you’re not going to put up with this madness any longer. Comment and Complain here:
So, the rest is up to you. If you just sit back and do nothing, nothing is exactly what you’ll get. Complain to someone, add a comment, submit pictures to the Fuel-Free Friday Facebook page.
LET THE REVOLUTION BEGIN
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Car Business is a multi-dimensional automotive company that aims to help you to buy your new car for a better price than you can do on your own. Based on the Redcliffe Peninsula about 15 minutes from Brisbane Airport and 30 minutes from the Brisbane CBD, Car Business is located in an area that allows us to pick and choose from Brisbane’s finest new cars for sale.
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My goal with Car Business is to provide timely and informative articles on everything to do with cars – used car purchase, new car sales, car service, car finance, car insurance, aftermarket car protection products.
Above anything else, Car Business is a company that provides current automotive advice for car owners who don’t have access to knowledgeable car industry friends. To those of you without someone to talk to, I’m your expert – the car guy.
I’ve been in the car industry since 1978 – covering all aspects that consumers need advice on. I’ve been called a lot of things in my time – The Car Professor, The Car Doctor, and recently the Car Guy, but the bottom line is that I know a lot about this industry. Whenever someone needs some advice – they call me.
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Car Business and Bob Aldons Contact Info
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Visit: 226 Anzac Avenue
Kippa-Ring Q 4021
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Clontarf Q 4019
In closing, my passion is cars, car buyers, car dealers, but just about anything to do with cars. But you need to do me 1 favour….
Please drive carefully
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